Find meaningful work
Meaningful work one of the most important human needs. It is the conduct of activity perceived by the individual as contributing to society. It can be paid employment (working for another), self-employment (working for oneself) or volunteering (contributing to a cause without payment).
Employment Coordination Team
The Oasis Townsville has established an Employment Coordination Team that supports the Wellbeing Program to find meaningful work for veterans and their partners. The Employment Coord Team also provides support to Townsville's employers through the Veterans Business Alliance (VBA).
Coordination is central to achieving these outcomes. The Employment Coordination Team will bring together in a coordinated manner the efforts of the significant number of agencies and organisations involved in this space.
Importantly, we work closely with ADF Transitions who have access to Defence funded support for job preparations and findings. If a veteran is seeking a job and has begun the transition journey but still in the ADF or been out of uniform for less than two years, we will draw on the support of ADF Transitions. In Townsville, that's the team that resides in the Sizzlewr Building inside the Rock entrance to Lavarack Barracks. This is because Defence covers the cost. We'll save our donated monies for those not included as described above.
What we can do for you
We have an employment capability that serves to connect veterans and partners with employers and organisations that can support starting a business. Our main connection is Career Transition Management with Right Management who will walk you through the stages from preparation to landing your ideal job.
We are also able to assist if you are thinking of starting your own business. In that case, we'll utilise Prince's Trust Australia Enterprise for Veterans program. We'll also hook in the NEIS Program and link you up to the Veterans Community Business Chamber.
Or, if it's volunteer work you are after, something to support our veteran community or other cause, no matter how much time or effort you can afford, we can help you find meaningful work. In this regard we work closely with Volunteering North Queensland.
Handy Links for Employment*
*Links list is not exhaustive, if you know of another please use the contact form to let us know.
Issues to be aware of when coming to 'Civvie Street'
Finding Meaningful Work
What industries are jobs growing fastest in?
The Australian Government website JobOutlook is a good place to start for a menu of jobs you might be interested in. See what jobs are on the rise in the next 5 years?
Now find how to acquire the skills that can lead to what you want to do.
Recognition of Prior Learning from ADF?
Qld Government Skillsgateway site is very useful, it is a search engine to assist people to navigate training courses, qualifications and funding. It also provides details of all current Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects in QLD.
Preparing a Resume and Covering Letter
Videos on YouTube "Job Seeker Prep Series" on how to write a Resume and Covering Letter
Finding a Job
Employment Services that support ex-ADF members*
Enabled Employment (one of a few focusses is ex-ADF)
Trans-Civ (Defence career transition)
EDit (Ex-Defence Integration Team)
Starting a Business